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Congratulations to our graduating seniors in Special Education!

I recently had the pleasure of attending capstone presentations by our graduating seniors in Special Education. During the spring semester, these students conducted group action research projects on self-selected topics, such as teacher beliefs about inclusion; transition planning for adolescents with special needs; and siblings of children with special needs.  The event, held on our Brookline campus, featured video presentations by each group, as well as individual reflections on students’ personal growth and professional development at Wheelock.

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The graduating class of 2015 in Special Education

As these graduating seniors reflected on their development as special educators, I was as impressed as ever by our students’ compassion, dedication, and sense of professional mission.  As a librarian who consulted with these groups early in their research process, I was especially thrilled to hear how their semester-long research projects had empowered them with knowledge that they would carry forward into their teaching practice or graduate study.

Congratulations to all of our graduating seniors in Special Education, including Braelan Martin, Tatiana Duarte, Meghan Trelegan, & Emma McLaughlin; Emily Jestus, Paige Dillon, Mallory Johnson, & Ashley Domaldo; and Becca House, Talia Mango, Rachel LeBlanc, & Sarah Hassett.  As you begin your professional careers, you’re bringing inquiring minds, professional skills, and a lot of heart to your future students and communities.  They’ll be lucky to have you.

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Showing Appreciation to our Student Workers

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As part of National Student Employment Week, Library student workers received Dr. Seuss gift bags full of snacks, toys, bookmarks, and school supplies.

When you visit the Library, theirs is the first face you see.  With a smile and a friendly tone, they answer questions, refer you to a variety of campus services, help you checkout reserves, assist you with locating materials in the library, and troubleshoot various technical issues that arise.

When not assisting patrons, they help keep the stacks orderly, make sure returned items are properly shelved, provide valuable feedback on how they and their peers perceive library services, and process new materials for use.

If you have not guessed already, I am talking about the Library’s talented, dedicated, and hardworking student workers, without whom the Library could not function.  Indeed, by providing the first interaction that many patrons have with the library while simultaneously completing important tasks that keep the library running, student workers are vital to the Library.

Day in and day out, I know that I can depend on our student worker staff to provide outstanding service and for that I am truly grateful.  That is why I would like to acknowledge our exceptional student worker staff and thank them for all that they do to further the Library’s mission and help us meet the information needs of the Wheelock College community.

I would like to extend my immense gratitude and appreciation and wish the student workers listed below a happy Student Employment Week:

  • Caitlyn Britton
  • Caitlyn Ennis
  • Caprice Mitchell-Scott
  • Cathryn Fernandes
  • Chelsea Leclerc
  • Claudia Barnard
  • Gleidymar Rivera
  • Jenna O’Leary
  • Kaleigh Carrington
  • Kate LaGattuta
  • Kiara Valentin
  • Kirsten Robinson
  • Mia Mendoza
  • Miles Carey-Snow
  • Nicole Shine
  • Torri Plank
  • Tyler Valois
  • William Weir
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Read Across America 2015

Join us for Wheelock’s 6th annual Read Across America celebration on Monday, March 2nd! Read Across America is an annual event held on the birthday of beloved children’s book author, Dr. Seuss, and promotes the importance of reading in the lives of children.

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Our main event is the Story Hour in the Wolf Room from 10:30am – 11:30am and we’re still in need of volunteers to read out loud to small groups of preschool children. Contact Charles Owen at cowen@wheelock.edu to sign up!

Can’t make it to the Story Hour? Don’t worry, there are other ways to join in on the fun! We’ll have a themed photo booth and hands-on activities sponsored by the Earl Center in the Campus Center from 10:00am – 1:00pm. And don’t miss out on the Seuss themed menu in the Campus Center Dining Hall!

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Introducing Charles Owen

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Another new face at the Library!

Name: Charles Owen

Job title: Administrative and Acquisitions Assistant

Location in Library: Floor 2

Tell us what you do in 50 words or less: I order all materials for the library, reconcile all invoices, maintain serials, and anything else that I am asked to do.  Most recently, I have been working on compiling data for the school’s accreditation.

Choose one service that your department provides that you most want the Wheelock community to be aware of:  We do allow people to suggest titles to buy and often we do end up buying them.  If you have a suggestion they are always considered and if they are not purchased they still help to shape our understanding of the community’s needs.

What is a typical work day like for you? Depends on the day.  Usually I am ordering something, whether it be office supplies or books.  I also tend to do invoices at least once a day.  Otherwise I do not know what I’ll do on any given day until I’ve checked my email and found some urgent message.

What is your favorite website?  Wikipedia

What is your favorite book in the Wheelock Library collection?  The Jungle by Upton Sinclair

When I’m not at work, you can find me… Studying or working on group projects for my Master’s, traveling, or planning a travel adventure.

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Introducing Joseph St.Germain

There is a new face at the Library!

 

Joe St. GermainName: Joseph St. Germain, but most people call me Joe.

Job title: Access Services Librarian

Location in Library: Floor 3 to the right of stairwell 2.

Tell us what you do in 50 words or less: I strive to make sure library resources and services are useful and available to Wheelock College students, faculty, and staff by crafting user-friendly policies and procedures, educating patrons about the library’s varied offerings, and developing a service oriented environment at the front desk.

Choose one service that your department provides that you most want the Wheelock community to be aware of: Course reserves are one service I hope both faculty and students are aware of. Placing items on reserve ensures that students can access essential course readings, media, and other resources at their convenience.

What is a typical work day like for you? You can usually find me behind the front desk or at my desk on the third floor providing both direct and indirect support to staff and patrons through policy implementation, staff training and mentoring, resource selection, interlibrary loan facilitation, reference consultations, and similar tasks. Essentially, I am always working to make sure every patron’s experience at the library is positive, productive, and worthwhile. My goal is to ensure patrons get the information and help they need to succeed in their academic and personal pursuits and have a pleasant time doing so.

What is your favorite website?  Boston.com is my favorite website and the first one I read each day during my morning commute. It does a great job of balancing news, weather, and features and keeps me relatively informed about what’s happening in the city.

What is your favorite book in the Wheelock Library collection?  I would have to go with The Fault in Our Stars by John Green. Although it is a sad book, I like how the story emphasizes the fragility and wonder of life and love as well as how well-developed and realistic the characters are.

When I’m not at work, you can find me… walking around the Horn Pond Park in Woburn, MA. The park is full of trails and a great place to go to think, socialize, and appreciate nature.

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